Academic Reports

At ABC for Life we do our best to create an optimum education environment.

This includes a structured approach to assessment to guide us in our teaching.


1. What Is a "Pre-Test"?

1. WHAT IS A “PRE-TEST”? A Pre-test is a diagnostic tool that we use to determine whether the learner is correctly placed in our programme. It tests their academic ability, one to two years below their current grade. For e.g.: A Grade 3 learner is tested on Grade 2 and/or Grade 1 material to determine at which grade level he/she is currently operating at in a specific learning area. When the learner achieves below 50% in the Pre-test, he/she qualifies for support in the ABC for Life programme

2. What Is a "Post-Test"?

2. WHAT IS A “POST-TEST”? A Post-test is administered to check if we have caught up the gaps in the learning identified in the Pre-Test. A learner can be as much as four years behind in a specific learning area. It is important to understand that the Post-test is testing the learner’s knowledge of the previous grade’s work – not the current grade.

3. What is “ANA”?

3. WHAT IS “ANA”? The Annual National Assessment (ANA) is a standardised test devised by the Department of Basic Education (DBE). It is administered by the learner’s class teacher and it is marked by their class teacher. It covers the current grade education level that the learner is supposed to be achieving at. The ANA is a tool for ABC for Life teachers to establish whether or not the learner has caught up the missing years and is now operating at his/her correct grade level. ABC for Life uses a 50% aggregate as an ANA pass requirement. I.e. If a child achieves 50%+ for the ANA in their current grade, they return to class. It is also important to note that this is an external exam – set, administered and marked by an outside invigilator that is not employed by ABC for Life. This gives ABC for Life the credibility of an external exam board.